Could Following the Opportunity of a Lifetime Cost Them the Love of Their Lives?
One of the many immigrants struggling to survive in 1850s New York, Elise Neumann knows she must take action to care for her younger sisters. She finds a glimmer of hope when the New York Children’s Aid Society starts sending skilled workers to burgeoning towns out west. But the promise of the society’s orphan trains is not all that it seems.
Born into elite New York society, Thornton Quincy possesses everything except the ability to step out from his brother’s shadow. When their ailing father puts forth a unique challenge to determine who will inherit his railroad-building empire, Thornton finally sees his chance. The conditions to win? Be the first to build a sustainable community along the Illinois Central Railroad and find a suitable wife.
Thrown together against all odds, Elise and Thornton couldn’t be from more different worlds. The spark that ignites between them is undeniable, but how can they let it grow when that means forfeiting everything they’ve been working toward?
The book about this particular subject is very interesting. I found Jody Hedlund’s story about Elise and the struggles and immigrant families during this time in our country’s history as an intriguing back drop to the book. I am also enjoying that this is the first book in a new series that I am very likely to finish reading once the other books come out.
The characters are realistic and I can see this type of story play out during this time period. I feel that this could very have been a true story and yet it was not. Ms. Hedlund has done a fantastic job of making Elise and Thornton along with the other many characters as real as possible. There are still things that have been left undone in the story which lets you know that there is more yet to come.
If you enjoy good historical fiction stories then I recommend you pick this one up. It’s great fun and an easy read. You get caught up immediately into the worlds of Elise and Thornton.
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